Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter #132

John Crawford johnc4510 at ubuntu.com
Sun Mar 8 21:09:13 GMT 2009

Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue #132 for the week March 
1st - March 7th, 2009. In this issue we cover: Karmic Koala release 
schedule, QA Team: Next testing day, Hug Day: March 12th, Americas 
Board: New Ubuntu Members, LoCo Directory Moves Forward, Ubuntu Tunisia: 
Migration Project, Ubuntu in the Cloud, Community Interview: Michael 
Godawski, Simplifying Forums Categories, Mark a thread as Solved, mail 
Stack Improvements in Ubuntu 9.04, Ubuntu Encrypted home with 2 factor 
authentication, Ubuntu Drupal: Planet Module, Introducing Tarmac, 
TurnKey: 12 new Ubuntu-based server appliances released, Technical Board 
Meeting, Server Team Meeting Minutes: March 3rd, and much, much more!

== UWN Translations ==

  * Note to translators and our readers: We are trying a new way of 
linking to our translations pages. Please follow the link below for the 
information you need.


== In This Issue ==

  * Karmic Koala release schedule
  * QA Team: Next testing day
  * Hug Day: March 12th
  * Americas Board: New Ubuntu Members
  * Ubuntu Stats
  * LoCo Directory Moves Forward
  * Ubuntu Tunisia: Migration Project
  * Ubuntu in the Cloud
  * Inside the Launchpad Foundations Sprint
  * Ubuntu Forums News
  * The Planet
  * In the Press & Blogosphere
  * TurnKey: 12 new Ubuntu-based service applications
  * Technical Board Meeting
  * Server Team Meeting Minutes: March 3rd
  * Upcoming Meetings & Events
  * Updates & Security

== General Community News ==

=== Karmic Koala release schedule ===

The release schedule for Karmic is now available: 

  * You can expect to see the first Karmic milestone in mid-May.
  * A cease of automatic syncs from Debian towards the end of June.
  * Feature freeze in late August.

For details of the Karmic Ubuntu Developer Summit, please go to 


=== QA Team: Next testing day ===

The QA Team is having a testing day on Monday, March 9, 2009, for the 
*buntu desktop of your choice.  Details can be found at 
https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Testing/UbuntuTestingDay/20090309.  The goals on 
the day will be to test the installer and applications on the CD as well 
as those you download from repositories and use regularly.  Go to 
#ubuntu-testing on the freenode network to find out more and get involved.


=== Hug Day: March 12th ===

March 12, 2009 is the next Bugday.
  * Target:  samba
  * Page:    https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UbuntuBugDay/20090312
  * IRC:     #ubuntu-bugs
  * Infos:   http://wiki.ubuntu.com/HelpingWithBugs/


=== Americas Board: New Ubuntu Members ===

The approval results from Friday's Americas Membership meeting are as 

Charlie Kravetz(charlie-tca): Charlie is from Idaho, USA and has been 
using Ubuntu since 5.04. He is the Quality Assurance lead for Xubuntu, a 
role which involves a considerable amount of bug triage and testing. As 
such, he is an active member of ubuntu-bugsquad and bug-control. He also 
spends a considerable amount of time in the #xubuntu channel helping 
users. Launchpad: https://launchpad.net/~charlie-tca Wiki: 

Martin Owens(doctormo): Martin operates the approved Ubuntu 
Massachusetts LoCo team and lead the Ubuntu Case Badges initiative in 
2007 and recently worked with ZaReason to launch another run of badges. 
Currently he is involved in bringing local Community centers into a 
Learn to Teach, Teach to learn project, where FOSS and Ubuntu are taught 
to students who are then encouraged to teach others. Launchpad: 
https://launchpad.net/~doctormo Wiki: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/MartinOwens

Nick Fox(nickj-fox): Nick has been using Ubuntu since 6.04 and working 
on the Mythbuntu project since the 7.04 development cycle. He is 
currently a Mythbuntu core dev, and has helped to support, improve upon, 
and generate new code in an effort to make the user experience better 
and management of the MythTV and Ubuntu based systems easier. He also 
makes a continuing effort to support the community in ways to help 
promote bringing new users into the Ubuntu community. Launchpad: 
https://launchpad.net/~nickj-fox Wiki: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/NickFox

Thomas G. Mashos(tgm4883): Thomas is a Mythbuntu developer and been 
using Ubuntu since Edgy. He actively supports users in the 
#ubuntu-mythtv support channel. Currently much of his effort is focused 
on working with Mythbuntu on getting MythTV related things packaged and 
into the repos, or at least a PPA.  He also runs development version of 
Mythbuntu and spends time fixing bugs as he encounters them. Launchpad: 
https://launchpad.net/~tgm4883 Wiki: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/ThomasMashos

Matthew Lye(lyematt): Matthew has been using Ubuntu since mid 2007, and 
works on developing Ubuntu images for large scale education 
environments. He is an active member of the Ubuntu Forums Beginners Team 
Education and IRC help groups, preparing tutorials and teaching 
materials for the Beginners Team to use to help new users understand 
Ubuntu and preform complex tasks. Currently he is focused on helping new 
users and Ubuntu for education environments, and eventually hopes to 
contribute in improving the user experience of Ubuntu starting with bug 
work. Launchpad: https://launchpad.net/~lyematt Wiki: 

John Baab(rhpot1991): John hails from Pennsylvania, USA and has been 
using Ubuntu as his primary OS since 2004. He has spent the past two 
years as an active member of the Mythbuntu development team, he works 
upstream and is the maintainer of MythExport in the Ubuntu repos. He 
intends to continue his work with Mythbuntu and MythExport and has 
recently joined the Pennsylvania LoCo team. Launchpad: 
https://launchpad.net/~rhpot1991 Wiki: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/rhpot1991

Andrew Rufkahr(st33med): Andrew has been an active contributor to the 
Ubuntu Forums Beginners Team for about two and a half years. He 
regularly helps users both on the forums and in IRC, and has developed 
and hosted several Python courses through the Beginners Team Education 
Focus group. His future plans involve hosting more courses and getting 
involved more heavily in Python-related development within Ubuntu. 
Launchpad: https://launchpad.net/~ajr1991 Wiki: 

The Americas Board is very happy to welcome all these fantastic new 
Ubuntu Members to the project!


== Ubuntu Stats ==

=== Bug Stats ===

  * Open (47855) +297 over last week
  * Critical (21) +1 over last week
  * Unconfirmed (19270) +76 over last week
  * Unassigned (40220) +228 over last week
  * All bugs ever reported (256359) +2032 over last week

As always, the Bug Squad needs more help. If you want to get started, 
please see  https://wiki.ubuntu.com/BugSquad

=== Translation Stats Jaunty ===

  * Spanish (19265) -717 over last week
  * French (56320) +13 over last week
  * Brazilian Portuguese (64590) +8 over last week
  * Swedish (68153) -3832 over last week
  * English (Uk) (82415) -1393 over last week

Remaining strings to translate in Ubuntu 9.04 "Jaunty Jackalope," see 
more at: https://translations.launchpad.net/ubuntu/jaunty/

=== Translation Stats Intrepid ===

  * Spanish (15881) +/-0 over last week
  * French (61243) +/-0 over last week
  * Swedish (72647) -9 over last week
  * Brazilian Portuguese (73976) +/-0 over last week
  * English (UK) (81134) +/-0 over last week

Remaining strings to translate in Ubuntu 8.10 "Intrepid Ibex," see more 
at: https://translations.launchpad.net/ubuntu/intrepid/

=== Ubuntu Brainstorm Top 5 this week ===

  * Not enough feedback to brainstorm
  * init.d showing it's age. Complex layers of shell script, with no 
  * Automatic backup before upgrading to new release
  * Not all problems are valid
  * There is no list of new packages that are waiting for acceptance

Ubuntu Brainstorm is a community site geared toward letting you add your 
ideas for Ubuntu. You can submit your own idea, or vote for or against 
another idea. http://brainstorm.ubuntu.com/

== LoCo News ==

=== LoCo Directory Moves Forward ===

In a brief posting, Jono Bacon shows off screen shots of the new LoCo 
directory. The idea was to take the information from the LoCo Team List, 
https://wiki.ubuntu.com/LoCoTeamList, and gather it in a database that 
was easier to read and access. This is still a work in progress, but the 
design is coming along well. Thanks to Rich Johnson for doing the 
developing work, and efrain for importing the data shown in the screen 


=== Ubuntu Tunisia: Migration Project - National Engineering School of 
Sfax (ENIS) ===

The project was launched under the initiative taken by the ENIS to 
migrate its computing equipment to a free solutions. Our LoCo was 
contacted by the ENIS administration to contribute to this project by 
providing presentations on Ubuntu and free software and support them for 
migration. This migration was carried out in two phases. A first phase 
in December 2008, code name ENIS Event 8.12, and a second phase in 
January 2009, code name ENIS Event 9.01. The initial planning of the 
first phase was scheduled over two days (December 20th and 21th, 2008): 
a conferences day and another for assistance to the migration.

Members of the ubuntu-tn LoCo provided various presentations to 
students, teachers and ENIS technical staff (around 80 people). These 
presentations focused on the presentation of Ubuntu, the switching to 
OpenOffice.org, the Ubuntu administration, programming, virtualization, 
security and Ubuntu server for TPE/PME. Each presentation was followed 
by a discussion between ubuntu-tn LoCo members and the audience in the 
amphitheater. Pictures of the event at the links.

  * French Summary: 
  * English Summery: 


== New in Jaunty Jackalope ==

=== Ubuntu in the Cloud ===

Eucalyptus (Elastic Utility Computing Architecture for Linking Your 
Programs To Useful Systems) was placed in Jaunty before the feature 
freeze.  This means that a cloud infrastructure will be able to be built 
upon Ubuntu Server.  In addition, some Java related components have been 
  1. Apache Axis2 is a Web services engine.  Both SOAP and REST style 
web-service are supported with binary data being exchanged via MTOM.
  1. The WS-Security specification is provided by the rampart package, 
the Apache web services security engine.

In addition, some virtualization related components were also updated, 
such as kvm, libvirt 0.6.0, cirt-manager 0.6.1, and opennebula.


== Launchpad News ==

=== Inside the Launchpad Foundations Sprint ===

The Launchpad Foundations team, and some Canonical engineers have been 
meeting in Montreal to prepare for the release of the Launchpad code. 
Part of this process is to separate out the parts that are not specific 
to Launchpad, and place them in a new framework called LAZR. These will 
be libraries that can be reused in other projects. The down side is that 
a lot of these libraries have dependencies to Launchpad that need to be 
removed.  The up side is that when they get done, these libraries will 
be able to be used in any project that uses Zope interfaces to describe 
its data objects.


== Ubuntu Forums News ==

=== Community Interview: Michael Godawski ===

Please meet Michael Godawski, 
from Germany. He was born in Poland and studies History of Art and 
Sociology. Michael is the perfect example of a non-geeky member, 
consistently helpful with new users, always patient and kind. Like many 
others, his first computer encounter was with an Atari 2600. He is now a 
member of the Beginners Team and Unanswered Posts Team and writes 
tutorials you can find on his website: 
http://ubunturesources.ub.ohost.de Enjoy!

=== Simplifying Forums Categories ===

Over the last month, several changes have been made to rearrange the 
forums categories. In particular, the Other OS Talk section was merged 
back with the general support sub-forums, and links to the major Linux 
distributions or other OS support forums provided. Hopefully, we will be 
able to send back traffic to the other Linux projects, as Ubuntu Forums 
has a fast growth (current on-line user record is 35,611) and are 
pushing our hosting servers walls. A new [other_os] prefix has been 
added to help identify and search specific thread topics.

=== Mark a thread as Solved ===

We used to have a specific plug-in to add "Solved" in the thread title 
when needed. This plug-in (along with the "Thanks" feature) gave 
troubles with the database and had to be disabled. Tags can be used 
instead, as they are shown next to the thread title, in a different color.

== The Planet ==

=== Mail Stack Improvements in Ubuntu 9.04 ===

Up until the Ubuntu-server 9.04 (Jaunty Jackalope) release, sysadmins 
needed to manually set up all parts of a mail server; IMAP, POP, SMTP, 
SASL authentication, and TLS/SSL support for all of the services before 
any other custom configuration could begin. Working toward a more 
perfect installation process, the Ubuntu Server team has come to the 
conclusion that there needed to be an integrated mail stack with a safe 
default set up. The new Dovecot-Postfix install will enable the default 
install of a working e-mail server out of the box. Not all mail 
configuration problems are solved with the default install, as set up 
for antispam and antivirus countermeasures must be setup separately.


=== Ubuntu Encrypted home with 2 factor authentication ===

There are ways to keep your encrypted home folder safe, defeating the 
casual hack of using a LiveCD to access the average setup. The methods 
of securing this data are discussed as to limiting physical access to 
the pass-phrase file through removable media, by using two-factor 
authentication. Then you just need to ensure that you protect that 
device! Pop it out, if you're leaving your system alone, and keep that 
device on your person. You can read Dustin's advice on encrypted 
directories by using the links below.

  * Jaunty encrypted home directories: 
  * How eCryptfs Works: 
  * Mounting Encrypted Home using a LiveCD: 


=== Ubuntu Drupal Team: Planet module ===

Introducing the Drupal Planet module, which allows Drupal users to add 
specific feeds instead creating a whole new site, the Drupal Planet 
module places feeds under the /planet directory. Users have the ability 
to add as many feeds as desired, where the feeds are updated 
automatically using cron. This makes feed aggregation possible now by 
using a single module.


=== Introducing Tarmac ===

Announcing the release of Tarmac, the robotic landing bot for Launchpad. 
The idea is simple. You have a development focus branch that constantly 
needs to have branches landed on it, but you're too busy writing your 
own code to manually land them in trunk. Tarmac takes the difficulty out 
of this by checking your development focus branch for approved merge 
proposals, and merging them automatically. This first release is just a 
little more than "the simplest thing that could possibly work." Feature 
requests and patches are most certainly welcome.


== In The Press ==

=== Has Ubuntu hit a plateau? ===

Adrian Kingsley-Hughes of ZDNet wonders, has Ubuntu hit a plateau? After 
he downloaded the alpha 5 release of the upcoming Ubuntu 9.04, what 
surprised him was he felt that there was very little for him to get 
excited about. In fact, even the just announced 9.10 release which is 
over six months away, has nothing that really gets his blood moving. 
Adrian states, "Don’t get me wrong, I like Ubuntu. Of all the Linux 
distros that I’ve tried, it’s the one that seems to show the most 
promise of being able to go mainstream. It’s fast, reliable and secure." 
He goes on to question the need for the six month release schedule 
because in his opinion, these releases are feeling more and more like 
service packs than evolutionary steps forward. 

=== Ubuntu's "plateau" = Good news for education ===

Christopher Dawson of ZDNet responds to Adrian Kingsley-Hughes' article 
summarized above. Dawson wants to know why it's such a bad thing that 
the six month release schedule has turned into more of a service pack. 
"What this means is that Ubuntu has reached an incredible state of 
maturity and schools can now use it without fear of obsolescence in 6 
months. It also means that incremental updates are easily applied 
without significant disruption to labs or servers, while allowing users 
to take advantage of new features." While the geek in him is always 
looking for something new, improved, and uber-cool, the IT admin. in him 
just wants something that works well and consistently. 

=== Linux Desktop heads for the clouds ===

Matt Asay of Cnet News thinks that while evangelists of Linux 
distributions built for personal computers point to Netbooks as an 
indication of renewed life in their chances to compete for consumers, 
new data suggests that this may be a fool's hope. Instead, such 
advocates would do well to follow the leads of Canonical and Red Hat, as 
they respectively extend the desktop with cloud services, and deliver 
desktop functionality from the cloud. Canonical's Mark Shuttleworth told 
Asay last year that his Ubuntu desktop strategy would increasingly 
include cloud services. Recently, Canonical started to deliver on this 
vision. The point isn't to replicate the Windows desktop. The point is 
to completely change the way desktops are delivered, and their services 
used. Anyone still worried about Linux on Netbooks is fighting the wrong 
battle. http://news.cnet.com/8301-13505_3-10189098-16.html

=== Ubuntu vs Windows: Memory and a backup solution ===

Martin compares Windows 7, Windows Vista, and Ubuntu RAM usage; backs up 
the whole machine with Acronis; and finds some things Ubuntu does well, 
and others that he can't seem to get working. At startup, Windows 7 for 
x64 had a memory footprint of 1.24GB, with the Windows Vista for x64 
memory having a memory footprint of 1.34GB. On the same machine, Ubuntu 
8.10 had a memory footprint of 349 MB of RAM. In other words, a whole 
gigabyte less than Vista. Heller goes on to discuss using Acronis to 
back it up, and what features work well for him in Ubuntu. 

=== Acer Aspire One with Moblin 2, Ubuntu 8.10 ===

Jordan Spencer Cunningham of OSnews reviews Ubuntu 8.10 (Intrepid Ibex) 
on his Acer Aspire One. Jordan found that startup is basically as fast 
as Windows XP, and Windows 7. Everything seems to work out of the box 
except for the wireless, camera, and microphone. The overall system 
works flawlessly, and seemingly as fast as Windows 7, even in 
full-graphics mode. He did have some problems with unplugging or 
plugging the AC power causing the system’s power manager to halt. 
Overall, he gives the Ubuntu 8.10 system on the Acer Aspire One a 7/10. 
Aside from some very minor bugs, it is a very netbooker-friendly system. 
If the wireless was included naturally in the distribution without 
having to do any serious tweaking, Ubuntu would be as ready, if not more 
so than Windows 7 to be a netbook system. 

== In The Blogosphere ==

=== Taking Ubuntu 9.04 Out For A Spin ===

Wanting to get a taste of what to expect come April, Jeremy LaCroix of 
IT News Today takes a look at the upcoming version of Ubuntu, code named 
“Jaunty Jackalope.” After running into a few bugs on a daily build of 
Jaunty, LaCroix switched to Jaunty Alpha 5 for the install. Once the 
installation was complete, he was presented with the GDM log in screen, 
which was sporting a brand new theme, that he thinks looks awesome. 
LaCroix notes the new notification system, but the best thing he noticed 
about Ubuntu 9.04 so far, is how fast it is. "The developers weren’t 
lying when they talked about speed, this thing is FAST." Even though he 
installed it on an older machine, he says you wouldn’t notice it because 
even with an older processor, Jaunty is probably the most responsive 
version he has ever used. http://www.itnewstoday.com/?p=215

=== My Experiences With Ubuntu 9.04 So Far ===

Blogger Jerremy LaCroix from IT News Today gives us a preview of 
Kubunutu 9.04 Jaunty Jackalope. He makes sure that everyone knows before 
hand that this it is still in development, so a full review would not be 
fair or accurate. He will write a full review of the release once it 
comes out in April. He didn't say anything about the installation 
process, because he didn't see much change in it. He did comment on how 
stable and fast jaunty is, even though it's still in development. He 
continues by saying that "it's very abnormal to have this much stability 
in the operating system at this point in its development." He was happy 
that there was a new network manager, so that there was one less legacy 
KDE3 application being used. He is having difficulty connecting to a 
network, but contributes this to the release still being in development. 
We are also informed of KPackageKit which is the new package manager 
that KDE4 is using. Adept is also installed by default, so you can pick 
which one you want to use. He describes the KDE4 install as "yet another 
vanilla KDE 4 installation." This is because the theme is still the 
same, and even the desktop is still the same as previous releases. In 
conclusion he says that the speed increase alone is enough to warrant 
upgrading to 9.04. http://www.itnewstoday.com/?p=198

=== Hive Five: Best Home Server Software ===

Blogger Jason Fitzpatrick from Life Hacker goes over what people voted 
as the top 5 pieces of software that people use to power their home 
servers. In the top 5 were: FreeNas, Ubuntu Server Edition, Apache, 
Debian, and Windows Home Server. He talks about the capabilities of all 
5 of these pieces of software, and what benefits that they give to the 
user. For Ubuntu Server Edition, he covered the ease of use of it. He 
liked the automated LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL, and PHP) installation. 
This is because it's much easier to install the core components of a 
server this way, than to have to configure each component on your own. 
He then tells us about the abundance of applications that make 
integration with the rest of your home network easier. He says that 
"Ubuntu is more than powerful and capable enough to handle all your 
media streaming, remote back up, and file serving needs." 

=== Memo to Mark Shuttleworth: Don’t Settle for Ubuntu Linux Desktops ===

Joe Panettieri of Works With U wants to let Mark Shuttleworth know where 
he believes Ubuntu should be concentrating its efforts. He strongly 
agrees with continuing to push Ubuntu Server Edition, and not relying on 
just Ubuntu Desktop Edition. This is because he believes that companies 
that only have one "cash cow" die. He doesn't like the logic behind 
pulling back from the server market, and pushing harder in the Desktop 
market. He points out that a lesson is to be learned from Windows NT, 
and when it first came out for the server market. In conclusion he says 
that the server efforts shouldn't slow down, they should be accelerated, 
while holding ground in the Desktop market. 

=== Ubuntu Directory Service: Canonical Calls for Help ===

Joe Panettieri of WorksWithU reports that Canonical is developing a 
Directory Services strategy that could help Ubuntu Server Edition 
compete, and integrate more effectively with Microsoft, Windows Server 
and Active Directory. In addition to a relationship with Likewise 
Software, Canonical is seeking external experts to help accelerate some 
Directory Services efforts. According to Nick Barcet, Canonical’s Ubuntu 
Server product manager, “OpenLDAP is our LDAP implementation of choice 
in Ubuntu Server Edition. Around it we are putting together the base 
configuration and tools that we need to offer a better “out of the box” 
experience. In 8.10 we implemented a method for schema update to be 
automatically replicated to multiple OpenLDAP instances in the network. 
9.04 should implement the basis of certificate management as well as a 
saner default DIT.” Barcet concedes Canonical is juggling multiple 
priorities at the moment — which means a full-blown directory service 
isn’t a top priority at the company. However,  while this is not the top 
priority, it is something they are very conscious about, and progress is 
only limited by the resources they have. If some readers would have some 
spare time to help in that direction, they would be more than welcome. 

== In Other News ==

=== TurnKey: 12 new Ubuntu-based server appliances released ===

To those unfamiliar with TurnKey Linux, it's an easy way to get a 
pre-integrated Ubuntu system up and running on your server or VM 
(VMware, VirtualBox, Xen, KVM) of choice, and in just a couple of 
minutes. The project recently announced its most exciting and ambitious 
batch of releases yet. The 2009.02 release, based on Ubuntu 8.04.2 LTS, 
features extensive improvements to usability, security and stability: 

Since its last appearance in the UWN, the project has added 9 new 
appliances to its family, which now includes LAMP stack, Ruby on Rails, 
MediaWiki, Joomla, Drupal, LAPP stack, Django stack, MySQL, PostgreSQL, 
TurnKey Core (102MB) and Bootstrap (67MB): 

According to the project's developers "next up are appliances for Apache 
Tomcat, Wordpress, Moodle, Movable Type and phpBB." The project has only 
gotten this far thanks to the warm reception it received from the Ubuntu 
community when they were just starting out. Thanks to everyone who tried 
the appliances, gave them feedback, and got involved!"


== Meeting Summaries ==

=== Technical Board Meeting ===

Attendees: Matt Zimmerman (chair), Mark Shuttleworth, Colin Watson, and 
Scott James Remnant

  * Should technical-board at lists.ubuntu.com be public?

   * Technical-board@ serves two purposes:
    1. a contact address to reach the TB (and only the TB)
    2. a mailing list to discuss TB matters
    for 1., a private list is appropriate, but for 2., it is not.

   * Currently, the Technical Board is responsible for the following
    documents and processes:
    1. The Ubuntu Package Policy,
    2. Ubuntu Release Feature Goals,
    3. Ubuntu Package Selection,
    none of that stuff should be private, however there needs to be a
    quick, easy and memorable way to talk privately to or among the TB.

   * No objections to subscribing select people to the TB list who are
    also participating but not actually on the TB.  It was also
    reaffirmed that where possible, we should shift discussion of public
    matters from t-b@ onto ubuntu-devel@

    The TB will stay private so long as we only use it for discussions
    which ought to be private, and nothing else e.g. if someone emails
    technical-board@ and raises a technical concern, we must redirect
    that to ubuntu-devel at .

  * MOTU Council list of nominees for MOTU Council Election

   * Appointments to the board are made by Mark Shuttleworth subject to
    confirmation by a vote amongst the maintainers

   * The CC (and TB) will determine a shortlist of candidates and set up
    Launchpad polls accordingly so team members can vote.

   * The polls might take the form of confirmation votes or of a race
    between more candidates than the available seats on the Team Council.
    MC has been well organized, growing it gives an opportunity to
    develop more leadership talent so 2 other seats will be added.

   * The three nominees are: Daniel Holbach, Nathan Handler, and Jonathan

ACTION: sabdfl to set up Launchpad polls including per-package uploaders
for MC nominee confirmations

  * SRU guidelines for Landscape

   * https://wiki.ubuntu.com/LandscapeUpdates

   * Sometimes, the Landscape client code must be updated to take
    advantage of improvements/updates to the Landscape server...and this
    is their reasoning for the need to be part of an SRU.

   * The reasons why Landscape is suitable, given the negotiations to
    date, are:
    - it has an extensive test suite (yes, like other packages in the
    - its developers have committed to doing specific QA on a variety of
      upgrade and fresh-install combinations
    - it has very limited interactions with the rest of Ubuntu, that are
      straightforward to enumerate so that we can have a clear idea of
      regression potential
    - those interactions have been specifically called out in the
      mandatory QA process that each upgrade must go through
    - its developers have agreed to work within the Ubuntu update

   * Landscape developers originally raised: 

   * We want assurance that the potential impact is limited, and that the
    testing conducted is sufficient to provide the level of assurance we
    expect for stable updates.

   * We've entrusted the SRU team to assess the QA aspect and will review
    that ourselves as well based on the document that outlines the
    criteria we used to make the decision and includes the sentence ("the
    TB will consider additional applications in due course following
    similar criteria")

ACTION: cjwatson to write up a formal decision which the TB can then
vote on

  * Upload permission for Romain Francoise for emacs-snapshot

   * https://edge.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/emacs-snapshot

   * Jono has been in touch with Romain. To be followed up

  * Other

   * Codecs in ffmpeg, jono is working on

   * Archive reorg governance ACTION: cjwatson to rework archive reorg
    proposal to unblock governance work

   * mdke's application was dealt with by email and privileges granted.


=== Server Team Meeting Minutes: March 3rd ===

Here are the minutes of the meeting. They can also be found online with 
the irc logs here: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/MeetingLogs/Server/20090303

  * SRU bug tracking: ivoks raised the SRU bug tracking point last 
meeting but hadn’t had time to prepare something for this week.

   * ACTION: ivoks to add to the server team agenda an item about better 
SRU management.

  * Postfix and Dovecot integration: ivoks reported that he hadn’t 
received any feedback yet. mathiaz suggested to write a blog post about it.

   * ACTION: ivoks to blog about the postfix dovecot integration.

  * Ubuntu and EC2: zul gave a quick status of Ubuntu on EC2: the beta2 
images were released last week and are based on intrepid. Follow the EC2 
Getting Started guide to help testing the beta2 image. zul is also 
working on images based on hardy and jaunty.

  * Samba bug day: mathiaz announced that next Thursday, March 12th, 
will be dedicated to triaging bugs related to samba. The QA team is 
currently gathering a list of bugs for the coming Bug day. mathiaz and 
ttx agreed to provide support to the bug triagers during the whole Bug 
day. There were also some discussions about announcing the samba bug day 
via several blog posts.

   * ACTION: mathiaz to blog about samba bug day on Thursday.
   * ACTION: ttx to blog about samba bug day on Monday.
   * ACTION: nijaba to blog about samba bug day Wednesday from next week.
   * ACTION: ttx to cover the first part of the samba hug day.
   * ACTION: mathiaz to cover the second part of the samba hug day.

  * Exchange support for Evolution: seb128 reported that the 
evolution-mapi package had been uploaded to jaunty and was waiting for 
review in the NEW queue. He is looking for testers that have access to 
an Exchange infrastructure. ivoks volunteered for some testing.

   * ACTION: ivoks to test the evolution-mapi package in an Exchange 

Next meeting will be on Tuesday, March 10th at 15:00 UTC in #ubuntu-meeting.


== Upcoming Meetings and Events ==

=== Monday, March 9, 2009 ===

==== Alpha 6 Smoke Testing day - all day event ====

=== Tuesday, March 10, 2009 ===

==== Technical Board Meeting ====

  * Start: 14:00 UTC
  * End: 15:00 UTC
  * Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-meeting

==== Server Team Meeting ====

  * Start: 16:00 UTC
  * End: 17:00 UTC
  * Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-meeting
  * Agenda: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/ServerTeam/Meeting

==== Desktop Team Meeting ====

  * Start: 16:30 UTC
  * End: 17:30 UTC
  * Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-desktop
  * Agenda: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/DesktopTeam/Meeting

==== Kernel Team Meeting ====

  * Start: 17:00 UTC
  * End: 18:00 UTC
  * Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-meeting
  * Agenda: Not listed as of publication.

=== Wednesday, March 11, 2009 ===

==== Foundation Team Meeting ====

  * Start: 16:00 UTC
  * End: 17:00 UTC
  * Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-meeting
  * Agenda: None listed as of publication.

==== QA Team Meeting ====

  * Start: 17:00 UTC
  * End: 18:00 UTC
  * Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-meeting
  * Agenda: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/QATeam/Meetings/

=== Thursday, March 12, 2009  ===

==== Jaunty Alpha 6 - all day event ====

==== Hug Day - all day event ====

  * Agenda: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UbuntuBugDay/20090312

==== Ubuntu Mobile Team Meeting ====

  * Start: 12:00 UTC
  * End: 13:00 UTC
  * Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-meeting
  * Agenda: None listed as of publication.

==== Ubuntu Java Meeting ====

  * Start: 14:00 UTC
  * End: 15:00 UTC
  * Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-meeting
  * Agenda: None listed as of publication

=== Friday, March 13, 2009 ===

==== MOTU Council Meeting ====

  * Start: 06:00 UTC
  * End: 07:00 UTC
  * Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-meeting
  * Agenda: None listed as of publication

==== MC Meeting ====

  * Start: 07:00 UTC
  * End: 08:00 UTC
  * Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-meeting
  * Agenda: None listed as of publication

==== Jaunty Weekly Release Meeting ====

  * Start: 14:00 UTC
  * End: 15:30 UTC
  * Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-meeting
  * Agenda: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/ReleaseTeam/Meeting/2009-03-13

== Updates and Security for 6.06, 7.10, 8.04, and 8.10 ==

=== Security Updates ===

  * USN-726-1: curl vulnerability - http://www.ubuntu.com/usn/USN-726-1
  * USN-727-1: network-manager-applet vulnerabilities - 
  * USN-727-2: NetworkManager vulnerability - 
  * USN-726-2: curl regression - http://www.ubuntu.com/usn/USN-726-2
  * USN-729-1: Python Crypto vulnerability - 
  * USN-728-1: Firefox and Xulrunner vulnerabilities - 
  * USN-728-2: Firefox vulnerabilities - http://www.ubuntu.com/usn/USN-728-2
  * USN-728-3: Firefox vulnerabilities - http://www.ubuntu.com/usn/USN-728-3
  * USN-730-1: libpng vulnerabilities - http://www.ubuntu.com/usn/USN-730-1

=== Ubuntu 6.06 Updates ===

  * None Reported

=== Ubuntu 7.10 Updates ===

  * None Reported

=== Ubuntu 8.04 Updates ===

  * None Reported

=== Ubuntu 8.10 Updates ===

  * linux-meta - 
  * debian-installer 20080522ubuntu28 - 

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== Glossary of Terms ==

  1. DIT - Directory Information Tree, for implementations of LDAP.
  1. IMAP - Internet Message Access Protocol.
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